The Best In The PACWEST In Week 1

Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures (Jackson) and Sean Velasco (Kell)
Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures (Jackson) and Sean Velasco (Kell)

The PACWEST soccer season opened this past weekend and saw some outstanding individual efforts.

Here are the Athletes of the Week following the opening weekend of the soccer schedule:

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week
Sam Kell – Douglas Royals

She helped lead the Douglas Royals women’s soccer team to an undefeated Week 1 of the PACWEST season. On Saturday, she was an impact player with and without the ball in a 1-1 draw against the Quest Kermodes. Then on Sunday, in a 3-0 win over VIU, Sam scored two goals and assisted the other. She assisted the first goal with a perfectly flighted ball from a corner. Her second goal was a penalty kick, as a result of another perfectly played corner kick. Then off an outstanding cross Kell scored the third goal to seal the win.

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week
Keith Jackson – Capilano Blues

Keith Jackson, who scored 11 goals in the 2016 regular season to lead the PACWEST, picked up where he left off in his first game of 2017 – scoring three goals to lead Capilano to a 4-1 win over Langara. The fourth-year forward opened the scoring in the ninth minute, and found the back of the net again in the 40th to put the Blues up 3-1. Five minutes into the second half, Jackson darted past two defenders before finishing and completing the hat trick. One year ago to the date, Jackson also had a hat trick in the 2016 season opener against Langara.